The Chinese government has dismissed claims linking them to cyberattacks against the Kenyan government.
This follows a Wednesday, May 25, Reuters report that Chinese hackers had for years targeted Kenyan key ministries and state institutions in a bid to gain information on debt owed to Beijing by Kenya.
According to Reuters, the hacking happened between 2019 and 2022. In a statement, the Chinese Embassy in Kenya spokesperson rubbished the accusations, terming them as “false and groundless.”
“The said false report is groundless, far-fetched, and sheer nonsense. Hacking is a common threat to all countries, and China is also a victim of cyber attacks.it is a highly sensitive political issue to pin the label of a cyber attack to a certain government without solid evidence. “
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“The relevant media should adopt a professional and responsible attitude and underscore the importance to have enough evidence when conducting reports, rather than make groundless assumptions and accusations.” Reads the statement.
The embassy went ahead to state that it is strengthening its diplomatic relations with Kenya, that were established 60 years ago for the benefit of the two nations.
“China endeavors to strengthen solidarity and cooperation with Kenya and work together with Kenya to strive for new progress in the China-Kenya comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. “
“Whether the cooperation between China and Kenya is good or not, the people of the two countries have the most say. Any attempt to sow discord between China and Kenya is doomed to failure and will only disgrace oneself,” it added.